Christiansburg was just one step away in breaking this one, as Amherst County hung on for an exciting 23-21 win over the Blue Demons in the Group AA, Division 4 state semifinals played Sunday afternoon in Amherst.
Amherst (13-0) now faces Broad Run (13-0) in a re-match of last year’s state championship game this Saturday at Virginia Tech Lane’s Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
The Lancers would get on the scoreboard first, as Dawson nailed a 33-yard field goal to make it 3-0 with 9:28 left in the opening quarter.
In the second quarter, Anthony Rose would ramble for 46 yards and the blocked PAT would give Amherst a 9-0 advantage with 5:28 left in the quarter.
Christiansburg (10-4) would finally light up its side of the scoreboard witth 1:30 left in the second quarter on a 38-yard pass from Brenden Motley to Temon Beal.
Patrick Rasnake’s PAT would make it 9-7, Lancers.
Amherst would strike once again before the quarter was over, a 21-yard fumble return by Josh Braxton and Dawson’s PAT would make it 16-7 at the half.
After a scoreless third quarter. Both teams would get their offense going in the fourth quarter.
With 11:20 remaining in the fourth quarter, Motley scored from 2-yards out and Rasnake’s PAT would pull the Blue Demons to within two, 16-14.
After stopping Christiansburg on a fourth down play at the Amherst 15-yard line, The Lancers facing a fourth-and 1 of their own, would score on a 5-yard run by Kirby Anderson and Dawson’s PAT would make it 23-14 with 1:06 remaining in the game.
When you thought things were all over, Christiansburg would come right back on score on a 50-yard strike from Motley to Josh Winkle. Rasnake’s PAT would make it 23-21, Amherst, with just 32 ticks showing.
After a wild scramble on the on-sides kick, Amherst would recover to run out the clock and claim a hard-fought 23-21 victory.
Amherst, who came into the game averaging 47.4 points per game, was held to just 23 points.
Christiansburg tallied 185 yards of offense, in which 113 yards came through the air on a 5-for-9 day by Brenden Motley.
Zach Snell led the ground game with 53 yards and Greg Lee added 50 yards.
Amherst was held to just to 205 yards of total offense, in which 194 yards came on the ground.
Jamal Glover led the ground attack with 104 yards.
Mario Vaughan, the Seminole District Offensive Player of the Year, was held to a minus-2 yards.
He came into the game averaging more than 10 yards per carry.